April 2006



Even though his name is dropped on major-celebrity news shows and he has performed on Letterman, Conan, and Kimmel, Brad Paisley is still a hardcore guitar guy. We take a listen to his new record and a peek at his collection of guitars and amps. By Zac Childs

The Next One Is Always The Best One
One of the premier builders practicing the art today, he lacks formal training as a luthier. From summers spent working as a pattern maker in his father’s shop to his Quattroport model, we tell his story. By George Gruhn

Bass All Over The Place
He has gigged with numerous notables, is a longtime session player in L.A., and has designed and helped market several models of professional-grade electric solidbody basses. By Willie G. Moseley

Windy City Weirdness
Fun to plunk and funky-sounding, the Harmony H22-1 electric bass arrived on the scene late from the Chicago-based instrument manufacturer, but nonetheless offers a nice time-warp experience. By Willie G. Moseley

Most are only vaguely aware that two names associated with a major East Coast guitarmaker stretch back to the late 19th century – a company whose legacy is belied today by pale memories and shadows, but can indeed be savored in guitars like this. By Michael Wright

Molding a New Idea of Guitars, Part 3
No more trees! Well, that may be a bit premature. But it doesn’t hurt to consider the possibility that the traditional timbers we know and love may not be available in the future. By Michael Wright


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Touch of Texas VooDoo
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Back To Barefootin’
By Willie G. Moseley

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Three at 30
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Lead-In For Legends
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All Over the Map
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Twelve Strings, Lots of Punch
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Guitars With Guts
1955 Marcelo Barbero Flamenco
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Will ’06 Be The Year?: Seven Ways to Improve Your Playing
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Black Beauty
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PAFs: Reissue vs. Real
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Better Reverb Reliability
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